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sheephead

[ sheep-hed ]
/ ˈʃipˌhɛd /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) sheep·head, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sheep·heads.
a large California food fish, Semicossyphus pulcher, of the wrasse family.
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Also called fathead, redfish.

Origin of sheephead

First recorded in 1535–45; so called from the resemblance of its teeth to those of a sheep
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How to use sheephead in a sentence

  • They are capital bait—the best we have, unless we want to catch sheephead; then we use fiddlers.

    The Wreck of The Red Bird|George Cary Eggleston
  • They have hard shells that whiting and croakers can't crack, while the sheephead, having good teeth, crush them easily.

    The Wreck of The Red Bird|George Cary Eggleston
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